Recently, the United States started the formal withdrawal process from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The development got widespread criticism across the globe. Even the Secretary-General of the United Nations slammed the withdrawal of the wealthiest country from the agreement.
Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, attended the ongoing United Nations climate summit in the capital city of Spain- Madrid. During her press conference, she revealed that the United States is “still in” in the treaty. She claimed that the purpose of her visit is to realize everyone that we are still in. Congress stands on its commitment to take real action against the ongoing climate change, she added.
Bold Stand from President Trump
In November, the Trump administration started the formal process of withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement. The development was not surprising at all, as President Trump announced his vision way back in 2016. President Trump criticized the non-binding nature of the Paris Agreement. There are 195 signatory countries in the agreement. While giving the reasoning about the withdrawal, President Trump remarked that the agreement would hamper the United States’ economy to a great extent.
In the treaty, the developed countries like the United States required to pay specific amounts to the developing countries to meet their CO2 reduction goals. In a recent speech, President Trump claimed that the agreement hampers the American economy and, ultimately, the people of the United States, while it will enrich the polluters.
The United States will able to withdraw from the agreement by the 4th of November, 2020. Coincidentally, the day is the next day after the presidential election in the country. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, previously assured that the United States would work with its partnering countries to fight against the ongoing climate change, despite withdrawal from the Paris agreement.
Pelosi revealed that the United States, especially Democrats, are very serious about the environment and considers climate change as an existential threat for humanity.